With the growth of desktop publishing, scanners became an important new PC peripheral, with sales in the early 1990s growing at 250% per year. This program looks at several scanner options including Logitech's ScanMan, the AVR 3000/GS Plus from Advanced Vision Research, Epson's ES-300C, Sharp's JX-600, the SpeedScanner from Array Technologies, the Caere handheld scanner, and HP's ScanJet Plus. Guest cohost is Heidi Roizen of T/Maker. Originally broadcast in 1991. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: scan, optical, desktop publishing
New color monitors created a market for whimsical add-ons like screen savers and wallpaper. Covered in this program are Crystal Walls, Marvel Comics Screen Posters, the Snoopy Screen Saver Fun Pac, the Jurassic Park Screen Saver, Microsoft Scenes, Matinee (the first video screen saver), PFS Power Album for Windows from Spinnaker Software, Pixel Play, and Second Nature Software. Guests include Gina Smith. Originally broadcast in 1994.
Arabic subtitled version of this program. New color monitors created a market for whimsical add-ons like screen savers and wallpaper. Covered in this program are Crystal Walls, Marvel Comics Screen Posters, the Snoopy Screen Saver Fun Pac, the Jurassic Park Screen Saver, Microsoft Scenes, Matinee (the first video screen saver), PFS Power Album for Windows from Spinnaker Software, Pixel Play, and Second Nature Software. Guests include Gina Smith. Originally broadcast in 1994. Topics: wallpaper, desktop, screen saver, arabic
A look at the used computer market at who is selling them, who is buying them and what the risks and benefits are.Guests: J. Mark Crouch, Interstate Computer Bank; Stan Politi, Computer Currents; Bradley Ruedig, CAS Used Computers; Alexander Randall, Boston Computer Exch; George Morrow, Intelligent Access; Gary Kildall, Digital ResearchProducts/Demos: Dysan Interrogator, Leading Edge Topic: Episode year: 1986
Before Microsoft Word became the default word processing standard for most users, WordPerfect was considered the best one out there. As with many applications, most users didn't know about some of the hidden powers in WordPerfect. This show offered some user tips and some WordPerfect add-ons. Demonstrations include tools for newsletter design and graphics, general desktop publishing tools, the Button Cube for WordPerfect, the newest version WordPerfect 5.2, a low-cost competitor Swift Word... Topics: desktop publishing, newsletter, software workshop
Just the thought of a possible computer virus is enough to chill any computer user. Meet the people at the front lines in the war against the malicious computer virus. Topics: Episode year: 2001, Security
A review of self improvement software titles including Mindviewer, Betty Crocker's Eat & Lose Weight, HealthDesk, Speed Reader, Insight, Joe Weider Personal Fitness Trainer, and Career Design. Originally broadcast in 1993.
When the personal computer software industry was born in the mid 1980's, it was assumed that computer programs would be sold like books or records. But software was different and some innovative programmers started inviting users to try their software for free. This started the battle between open source software and proprietary software. This program examines the early phenomenon of shareware and freeware. Guests include Jim Button, founder of ButtonWare; Rusel DeMaria, author of Public Domain... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: freeware, BMUG, SRI, Buttonware, BBS, PC-SIG
The use of computers to simulate various real-world environments for military, entertainment and architectural applications.Guests: Gary Kildall, Digital Research; Frank Lewandowski, Singer-Link; Steve Harrison, Skidmore Owings; Bruce Artwick, IBMProducts/Demos: Flight Simulator, Military Flight Simulator, DRAFT Architecture Simulator Topic: Episode year: 1984
Most popular software titles get there as the result of an expensive sales and marketing campaign. Other programs are so popular they climb to the top of the charts just through word-of-mouth, or BBS chat. This program looks at several of these "sleeper" software programs that are worthy of note. Among the titles demonstrated are Commander Keen, PopDBF, Resident Task Manager, Prism, Pianoman, 4DOS, CommandPost, Windows Wallpaper, LCD 2.0, LJ2UP, MacBillboard, BigCheese, Ripper FKey,... Topics: shareware, freeware, PCMagnet, ZMac
A review of the reasons behind the current slump in the computer business.Guests: Dave Crockett, Dataquest; Sam Colella, Inst Venture Partners; Deborah Wise, Business Week; Dave Norman, Businessland; Gary Kildall, Digital Research Products/Demos: Adam Computer, Osborne I Computer Topic: Episode year: 1985
Part two of this special series looking at the causes of the downturn in the computer industry.Guests: Ben Anixter, AMD; Richard O'Brien, Hewlett Packard; Trip Hawkins, Electronic Arts; John Merson, Ashton-Tate; Gary Kildall, Digital ResearchProducts/Demos: Commodore Amiga, Atari ST 520 ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Episode year: 1985
The availability of low cost business applications for small businesses helped level the playing field for new budding entrepreneurs. This program looks at Business Plan Toolkit, CA Simply Accounting for Windows, MYOB for the Macintosh, ClarisWorks 2.0 for the Mac, Lotus SmartSuite, and ClienTrac. Originally broadcast in 1994.
A review of hardware and software products aimed at the small business, home office user. Demonstrations include Microsoft Office 95, the Office Small Business Pack, MYOB Accounting 6.0, HP OfficeJetLX, Connectix QuickCam, SyQuest EZ 135 Drive, and Motorola's BitSurfer Pro. Guests include San Francisco Examiner technology writer Tom Abate. Originally broadcast in 1996. Topics: SOHO, small business, home office
Convergence was the buzz word of 1995 as analysts predicted the computer and the television set would merge into one box. One aspect of this convergence was the so-called Smart TV. This program demonstrates some examples including the Malachi board which lets you download software into your PC using a standard broadcast signal (not a cable modem), Microware's DAVID (Digital Audio Video Interactive Decoder), HP's Kayak set top box, Philips' DET100 set top box, the Stellar set top box, DIVICOM's... Topics: set top box, digital video, pc video, pctv, en technology, HP, Oracle
As the computer and the television began to merge, we started seeing intelligent TV sets. This program looks at some examples. Demonstrations include the TVModem from En Technology, the Kayak set top box from HP, MicroWare Systems' DAVID (Digital Audio Video Interactive Decoder), the new cable modem from Intel, and the new MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) standard for encoding full motion video on a computer. Guests include Avram Miller of Intel and Arthur Orduna of Microware Systems.... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: set top box, cable modem, cybercast
French language version of this program. Convergence was the buzz word of 1995 as analysts predicted the computer and the television set would merge into one box. One aspect of this convergence was the so-called Smart TV. This program demonstrates some examples including the Malachi board which lets you download software into your PC using a standard broadcast signal (not a cable modem), Microware's DAVID (Digital Audio Video Interactive Decoder), HP's Kayak set top box, Philips' DET100 set top... Topics: french, france, smart tv, convergence, intelligent tv
French language version of this program. Convergence was the buzz word of 1995 as analysts predicted the computer and the television set would merge into one box. One aspect of this convergence was the so-called Smart TV. This program demonstrates some examples including the Malachi board which lets you download software into your PC using a standard broadcast signal (not a cable modem), Microware's DAVID (Digital Audio Video Interactive Decoder), HP's Kayak set top box, Philips' DET100 set top... Topics: convergence, television, HP, Philips, Microware, divicom, oracle
One of the biggest drivers for selling new home computers was a parent's desire to get a computer for their kids. This program looks at several software programs aimed at children including Club KidSoft, Zurk's Learning Safari, Forever Growing Garden, Yearn 2 Learn Snoopy, World Discovery, Peter Pan: A Story Painting Adventure, Student Writing Center for Windows, and The Cruncher, a talking animated spreadsheet for children. Guests include Gina Smith. Originally broadcast in 1994.
With computer hardware showing up in just about every school, this program looks at software applications designed for the school environment. Included are demonstrations of KidPix, NuberMaze, ReadingMaze, Math Blaster Mystery, Point of View, MediaWorks, and Super Solvers Outnumbered. Originally broadcast in 1991. Topics: schools, classroom, teacher
Most software users only take advantage of a small percentage of the features in software packages. This program looks at some of the hidden powers of popular applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, Tomb Raider II, and Rainbow Six. Also a look at "Easter Eggs", little surprises hidden inside software by the programmers. Originally broadcast in 1998. Topic: Episode year: 1999
Most of us use computers to do routine tasks like calculations, word processing, or graphics. But computers can do more - they can help you think. This program looks at several software thinking tools including Go Figure, WinMap, Project Kickstart, Which & Why, Decide Right, and IntelliMatch. Originally broadcast in 1996. Topics: decision, thinking, brainstorming
SOHO stands for small office home office. This program looks at applications for the small business owner. Demonstrations include Microsoft Office 95, Microsoft Small Business Pack, MYOB Accounting, HP's OfficeJet LX, Syquest's EZ135 external hard drive, the Connectix QuickCam web camera for videoconferencing, and the BitSurfer ISDN modem from Motorola. Guests include San Francisco Examiner technology writer Tom Abate. Originally broadcast in 1995. Topics: small business, home office
Highlights from the tenth annual Codie Awards for outstanding software, presented by the Software Publishers Association. Shot on location in San Diego. Hosted by actor and comedian Kevin Pollack. Best consumer program of the year was Microsoft Encarta. Originally broadcast in 1995.
Coverage of the annual Codie Awards presented by the Software Publishers Association. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in software design and are considered the "Oscars" of the software industry. The lifetime achievement award winner was Paul Allen. Originally broadcast in 1997.
On location coverage of the annual CODIE awards presented by the Software Publishers Association. Twenty-three awards were given to the best new software programs in a variety of categories. Winner of the lifetime achievement award was Dan Bricklin, developer of VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet. Originally broadcast in 1998. Topics: codie, awards, SPA
The first computer game ever was SpaceWars, written in 1962. Ever since then there has been a close relationship between space science and computer science. NASA could not exist without today's powerful computers. This program looks at space and astronomy software for consumers. Included are games such as Star Trek V, Space Quest V, Wing Commander II, and Spaceship Warlock. Astronomy programs demonstrated include Voyager the Dynamic Sky Simulator, The Sky for Windows, STS Orbit, VGA Trek, Star... Topics: nasa, space, astronomy
A look at speech synthesis and speech recognition technologies.Guests: Herb Lechner, SRI International; Carl Berney, Speech Plus; Ron Stevens, VotanProducts/Demos: Minolta Talking Camera, Texas Instruments Speak & Spell, Epsom Speech Plus Computer, IBM Votan V-5000 ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Episode year: 1984
Demonstrations of the latest in speech recognition technology. Included are Philips SpeechMike Pro and Philips FreeSpeech 98, Dragon Naturally Speaking and Dragon Naturally Speaking Mobile Recorder, TeLL me More language training software, and Webley, a speech enabled personal assistant. Originally broadcast in 1999. Topic: Episode year: 1999
A look at voice recognition and speech synthesis technologies. Demonstrations include Dragon Dictate, the VPC 1000 Speech Recognition add-on board, Voice Navigator from Articulate Systems, Voice Express from MacSema, and the Berlitz Speaking Translator from Selectronics. Originally broadcast in 1990. Topics: speech, recognition, voice, synthesis, talking
A review of new sports software that lets couch potatoes feel like athletes. Demonstrations include Interactive Guide to Skiing, Interactive Guide to Snow Boarding, Tony LaRussa Baseball, Trophy Bass 2, NBA Full Court Press, Bobsled Simulator, and Madden 97. Originally broadcast in 1996. Topics: basketball, baseball, football
Excel now dominates the spreadsheet world, but once upon a time there was actual competition among spreadsheet products. This program looks at Quattro 1.0, Allways 1.0, Lotus 1-2-3 3.0, Ashton-Tate's Full Impact, and Excel 2.1. Guests include Gary Kildall, Jan Lewis, and Jared Taylor of PC Magazine. Originally broadcast in 1988. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: spreadsheets, excel, lotus
Floppy drives, hard drives, and bubble memory.Guests: Al Shugart, Seagate; Frank Sordello, Memorex; Gary Kildall, DRIProducts/Demos: 5 ¼ inch floppy drive, 3 ½ inch floppy drive, RCA CED videodisk, 3680 1.2 GB spindle disk. Originally broadcast in 1984. Copyright 1984 Stewart Cheifet Productions. ( 5 reviews ) Topic: Episode year: 1984
An early look at supercomputers in the United States and Japan. Featured guests include George Michael, head of computer research of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, John Repp of Control Data Corporation, Dr. Hideo Aiso, Professor at Keio University in Japan, Dr. Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Chairman of Japan's National Supercomputer Project, and Dr. Yukio Mizuno, Senior Vice President of NEC. The program also features on location coverage in Japan of the country's supercomputer projects including... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: supercomputer, japan, parallel processing